The Spooky First ‘The Boy’ Trailer Features Lauren Cohan

Features Lauren Cohan

STX Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment have just released the first trailer for The Boy, and it looks pretty spooky. The new horror thriller starring “The Walking Dead’”s Lauren Cohan is a haunter about a doll that is seemingly alive.

Written by Stacey Menear, the story centers on a babysitter who is tasked with overseeing a life-sized doll by a bizarre couple who treat it as a real boy. The project, directed by William Brent Bell, also stars Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, Rupert Evans, James Russell, and Javier Botet.

The new doll-slasher The Boy creeps into theaters on January 22, 2016 (with one of the most generic titles imaginable). Elsewhere, it looks like it could have a few creepy moments in it. Watch below.

Greta (Cohan), a young American woman looking to escape a troubled past, takes a job in a small England village as a nanny for a wealthy couple’s 8-year-old son while they take a long vacation. She arrives at the remote manor to discover that things are not quite right. The surprisingly elderly Mr. and Mrs. Heelshire have a list of strict rules for her to follow in caring for their son, Brahms, and they mysteriously warn Greta that not following them precisely could result in something terrible. But the most disturbing realization of all is that Brahms is not an actual 8-year-old boy… he’s a life-sized porcelain doll, whom the doting parents care for and deeply love, just like a real boy.

“If you love him,” Greta is sternly instructed, “he will love you back.”

Isolated and alone, Greta notices that every time she breaks a rule, something strange happens in the house, and the doll reappears in different places and positions than where she put him. Compelled to uncover the mystery behind Brahms, Greta enlists the help of the local grocery delivery man, the only human being she sees for weeks, who shares horrifying details about the Heelshire family’s disturbing past, leading Greta to realize that she wasn’t just hired – she was chosen.